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SpaceX cleared for US military launches
SpaceX cleared for US military launches

Billionaire Elon Musk's firm SpaceX has won approval from the US Air Force to launch military satellites.

Nasa boosted by out-of-this-world ideas

The United States space programme is famous for what it invented and also for how much it spent putting men on the moon.

Flag to represent Earth designed

A graphic designer from Sweden wants Earth to adopt its own flag for use in space.

Launch escape test passes for SpaceX

SpaceX chalked up another big test flight yesterday, firing a capsule into the air to try out its new, super-streamlined…

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New Zealand has gained a point in their opening match…

Raw: Chooper rescues officer from Texas flood video Raw: Chooper rescues officer from Texas flood

A Texas Department of Public Safety helicopter rescued…

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World's first orbiting barista (+video)
World's first orbiting barista (+video)

The first Italian woman in space is now the world's first orbiting barista.

Spacecraft crashes into Mercury
Spacecraft crashes into Mercury

An unmanned Nasa spacecraft has crashed on the surface of the planet Mercury, after it ran out of fuel.

Faulty spacecraft set to crash in Pacific
Faulty spacecraft set to crash in Pacific

An unmanned Russian spacecraft is spinning out of control and is set to plummet to Earth next week.

Spacecraft plunging towards Earth
Spacecraft plunging towards Earth

The Russian spacecraft that went rogue yesterday has begun an unstoppable descent into Earth's atmosphere, experts have…

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Star pupil zooms in to say thanks
Star pupil zooms in to say thanks

It was the black-and-white, flickering image of Neil Armstrong landing on the moon more than 45 years…

Kiwi space lawyer says asteroid mining legal

A New Zealand-based lawyer specialising in international space law says there are no laws preventing the mining of asteroids…

Science throws new light on dark matter

Dark matter may not be so dark after all, after scientists witnessed the mysterious cosmic entity interacting with the universe…

SpaceX fails to nail rocket landing

SpaceX launched a shipment of groceries to space but its third attempt to land the leftover booster on an ocean platform…

World's first battery rocket
World's first battery rocket

Rocket Lab unveiled its turbo pump system overnight at the United States Space Symposium, a gathering…

Salty secrets found in Martian soil

The surface of Mars may still hold water - albeit the saltiest variety possible - according to scientists, after Nasa's…

Billionaires Branson, Allen seek Earth orbit

Paul Allen and Richard Branson are focusing on breakthrough spaceflight closer to home: cheap cargo trips to Earth orbit…

Legalised asteroid mining may be key to future spacefaring

A small but ambitious group of investors has a novel plan to mine asteroids for fun and profit. But it is possibly illegal…

Is there anyone out there?

Is there anyone out there? The answer is almost certainly yes, says a top Nasa scientist who believes we may know for sure…

Jeff Tallon: Biblical lunar eclipse comes full circle
Jeff Tallon: Biblical lunar eclipse comes full circle

We have had rather a feast of eclipses recently, and there is more to come. Physicist Dr Jeff Tallon…

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